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Choosing your Pre-sessional course

Find out about the Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme: the courses we offer, their entry points and how to apply.

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Develop your English, academic skills and intercultural competency

Choosing a Standalone or a Combined Offer

You need to hold an offer for your main course degree before you apply for a Pre-sessional English Language course. Which course you apply for depends on the English language requirement for your degree programme.

Before you apply for a face to face Pre-sessional course on the University of Bath campus in 2022, you will need to decide if you are eligible for a Combined offer or a Standalone offer.

Standalone offer

If your IELTS is Overall 5.0 or has any elements at 5.0 you can only apply for a Pre-sessional course on a standalone basis.

If you cannot show us proof of graduation before the start of the PSE course you will also need to apply for a Pre-sessional course via the standalone pathway. This means that your Pre-sessional course is separate from your degree course.

Undergraduate students, PhD applicants and students who need a 20-week PSE can only apply for a standalone offer.

Combined offer

You may be able to get a combined offer if your English language test score is very close to the English language requirement for your degree programme and you meet all the other conditions of your offer.

You will need to show proof of graduation before the Pre-sessional course start date in order to be eligible for a combined offer. A combined offer means your PSE course is combined with your degree programme.

Who you apply to for a combined offer depends on your postgraduate taught degree programme. Click on the appropriate link below and email a scanned copy of your IELTS certificate to your admissions department:

Check which course you need and apply for a standalone PSE

English language requirement

Your offer letter tells you the English language requirements for your degree programme. Alternatively, you can check the English language requirements on individual degree programme pages.

Current IELTS score or equivalent in accepted test Recommended course Dates Cost Apply
No more than 0.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 5 week Pre-sessional English Programme 11 August 2022 £2,400 email The Pre-sessional Team
No more than 1.0 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 10 week Pre-sessional English Programme 11 July 2022 £4,450 Apply here
No more than 1.5 of a band below required IELTS (or equivalent test) scores (overall and elements) 20 week Pre-sessional English Programme 25 April 2022 £8,900 Apply here

If you have taken a different English language test to IELTS, you can check its IELTS-equivalent. If your test is not listed, please email the Pre-sessional Team and we will advise you.

We close for applications five weeks before the start of the Pre-sessional course.

The 20-week Pre-sessional course will run if we have sufficient interest.

Information about visas

As an international student, you may need a visa to study in the UK. For further information about visas and how to apply for one, visit our Student Immigration Service pages.

Student experience

Read what some of our students thought about our 2020 online programme:

Contact us

If you have any questions about choosing your Pre-sessional course, please contact us.